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NC: A Villain's Song Ch4The strong smell of wood and earth penetrated Kennedy's nose as they took their first steps onto the dark forest. A sturdy hand fell on Kennedy's back.
"Hey! Remember, you said you'd team up with us."
Kennedy nodded. She gazed at the group. Freya smirked at her. Kennedy looked away.
"What is this about anyway?" asked Kennedy. She had been in a daze for a while.
"It's a training exercise. We get instructions and have to complete a course and stuff.
It's not as easy as it sounds."
Xiang once again appeared from nowhere, causing Kennedy to flinch. The man looked around, inspecting every student. His eyes fell on Kennedy, seemingly taking just a second longer than the others. Or, more likely, it was just her imagination.
"I see everyone is here. For those of you who weren't here last year, this will be a scavenger hunt of sorts. You team up in groups of six. You will seek the clues, twenty in total and you must return before nightfall. There will be dangers and there will be hards
NC: A Villain's Song Ch3It had been one month since Kennedy joined the school. Gorou, who stood at the top of the cliff, looked down, observing the figure standing in the waterfall.
"Are you okay? You haven't spoken all day."
"Yes, I'm fine."
Gorou tilted his head curiously. He jumped down, landing just on the edge of the river bed.
"Kennedy, you seem at peace."
The woman appeared to muse on his words.
"Is that so? I feel at peace."
"Aren't you going to try and find the purpose of training."
"I don't feel the need to run anymore. So I might as well take my time."
"Do you feel angry? Upset?"
"No, not really."
A brief expression of surprise spread through Kennedy's face.
"I don't remember the last time I felt this Peaceful."
"That means you have found the meaning of this training." Said Xiang, suddenly appearing.
Kennedy flinched, nearly slipping off from the stone.
"Stealthy." Muttered the woman "Wait, what do you mean?"
"Cleasing. Standing on the torrents, day after day. After a while, t
NC: A Villain's Song Ch2Xiang laughed joyfully. The quilin man patted Kennedy's head.
" Master." said Kennedy. She glanced at the tengu watching them. Gorou snacked on some fresh fruit.
"I see you are getting used to this." Said Xiang,
Kennedy looked down at herself. The red and yellow sleeveless keikogi she wore felt odd.
She poked at the sash around her waist.
"Must I wear this?"
"All students do."
Kennedy looked apprehensively at Xiang. He held up a dark trench coat with a dragon on the back.
"I was surprised when I saw this dragon, especially as it is an Oriental dragon.
Considering where you come from Do you know what is associated in a dragon in our land?"
Kennedy shook her head.
"Wisdom, temperance, patience, humility. Not very much like you at all is it?"
"You can have it back when you are like a dragon."
Kennedy gritted her teeth and looked down. She controlled the urge to attack the quilin man.
" Yes Master "
"That's a good first step."
Gorou threw away the appl
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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